John-MainaNavision Consultant and user support at NCPD
Mike ParsonsSenior CyberSecurity Architect and Mentor at BlueTeamAssess LLC
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"Ensures that I'm working with a product that gets updated regularly without me having to remember to do it. Since it's a Microsoft product, I'm confident that it requires a low use of system resources. The benefit of that being that my computer isn't constantly being drained."
"It's free. There is no additional cost. It's part of Windows."
"Within its class I think, it has a high and decent detection rate."
"It's really stable. I've used a lot of stuff, a lot of products, like ESET and Kaspersky. None of them are comparable with this one. This one is much better."
"This is a very go, proactive solution to threat protection using advanced analysis."
"I like the real-time protection features. Windows Defender will detect if there's a threat like a Trojan or something like that but Kaspersky lets it run normally."
"Defender is integrated into the operating system. It's integrated with everything. You don't have to spend time analyzing what you have to do to be sure that the integration is okay between the security tool and all the other apps. This, from my point of view, is the main advantage."
"The most valuable features are that it's easy to use and the updates are very simple."
"We use Sophos Intercept X for Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) and Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS) in our organization."
"It is easy to change the size of its capabilities, i.e. to expand processes or scale the size of users."
"We most value the price and interface quality with Sophos Intercept X. We focus on solution quality."
"The most valuable feature is the supervisory side of it where we can watch the throughputs, and even the loading of the device, to see how much traffic is happening."
"A valuable feature offered by Sophos is called Naked Security, and it entails the control managed by the firewall on the site regarding the desktop client interfacing with our cloud client."
"It is a practically maintenance free intelligent system that independently protects environments from malicious attacks."
"All of the features are very important for anyone who is supporting a large number of computers."
"After that, the client switched to Sophos to get the protection they lacked. It either works or it doesn’t and Sophos works."
"It would be nice to have a paid upgrade that would provide additional screening of the day-to-day activities."
"Microsoft Windows Defender doesn't have a game mode."
"There's a lot of manual effort involved to configure what we need."
"The end-user also cannot do some advanced actions on it. It's a little bit complicated for our end-user, so it needs to be simplified."
"Updates are not coming out of preview quickly enough and it is holding back on the development of the product."
"The system can always be simplified and have a better integration check. More detailed reports would be good. When it does the integrated check, it just shows if the system is okay but I want to know what happened."
"The solution needs to improve its ransomware. It's not so good. It could also use some general performance optimization for the computers the solution operates on, to ensure it does not slow down the devices."
"I would like to be able to set up any kind of protection I want in the firewall, any IP address or any number."
"They should work on the logs and events. Sophos Intercept X needs to increase the interface test so that it can export to a live event."
"Technical support can be improved. There could be shared support, i.e. where someone in Egypt can respond."
"Sophos needs to create a YouTube channel with educational material for technicians or engineers."
"In terms of the site-to-site VPN elements, they tend to concentrate. It's quite simple when there are Meraki devices at both ends of the VPN but if there is another user at one end, on another device, it can be a bit tricky. So they could really simplify that process a bit."
"The initial setup was not very user-friendly."
"The product defends very well on its own but could possibly use enhancement in giving users more controls."
"The price of this solution can be improved."
"They might want to offer an MSP model for licensing, to offer the solution as a software as a service."
"The product is free of charge and comes integrated into Windows."
"The solution is free."
"This product is included in the pricing for Windows."
"It is affordable and comes in the Office 365 bundle."
"I pay for it through the Windows Professional or Standard license. It is a one-time cost for me, and I use the same license."
"This solution is part of Windows and comes included with it."
"I got it with the Microsoft Windows license."
"The solution is an open source version and was free with a paid version of Windows 10."
"We renew the license for one year at $10,000."
"The price is pretty good."
"When you start going to the EDR technologies and the MTR, it is a little bit expensive. It's a very good technology, and obviously, you're going to pay for it, but the pricing could do a little bit of work."
"We were able to eliminate the ransomware using the one-month, full-featured trial license."
"Licensing is based on the number of users. They give a discount for editors who are considered as important members. From what I know, Sophos products are not expensive. If you have a license extension, you just need to contact the editor or partner to change the mode of licensing or extend the license to cover more people."
"Intercept X for endpoints is around $35 per user per year. The server version is $95 per server per year."
"I find the pricing to be a little bit expensive, although it is acceptable, for now."
"The price of this product should be reduced because it is a little high."
Sophos Intercept X stops the widest range of attacks with a unique combination of deep learning malware detection, exploit prevention, anti-ransomware, and more.
Microsoft Defender Antivirus is ranked 1st in Anti-Malware Tools with 25 reviews while Sophos Intercept X is ranked 9th in Endpoint Protection (EPP) for Business with 33 reviews. Microsoft Defender Antivirus is rated 8.0, while Sophos Intercept X is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Microsoft Defender Antivirus writes "A security implementation that supplies proactive issue resolution with cloud analytics and APT". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Sophos Intercept X writes "Great reporting and good training with a pretty straightforward setup". Microsoft Defender Antivirus is most compared with Symantec End-User Endpoint Security, CrowdStrike Falcon, ESET Endpoint Security, Carbon Black CB Defense and Webroot Business Endpoint Protection, whereas Sophos Intercept X is most compared with CrowdStrike Falcon, Carbon Black CB Defense, Bitdefender GravityZone Ultra, Kaspersky Endpoint Security and SentinelOne. See our Microsoft Defender Antivirus vs. Sophos Intercept X report.
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